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Meaning of SYNTAX

Pronunciation:  'sintaxh

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
  2. [n]  studies of the rules for forming admissible sentences
  3. [n]  a systematic orderly arrangement

SYNTAX is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: phrase structure, sentence structure
 See Also: grammar, structure, system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Syn"tax\, n. [L. syntaxis, Gr. ?, fr. ? to put together
in order; sy`n with + ? to put in order; cf. F. syntaxe. See
{Syn-}, and {Tactics}.]
1. Connected system or order; union of things; a number of
   things jointed together; organism. [Obs.]

         They owe no other dependence to the first than what
         is common to the whole syntax of beings. --Glanvill.

2. That part of grammar which treats of the construction of
   sentences; the due arrangement of words in sentences in
   their necessary relations, according to established usage
   in any language.

Computing Dictionary

The structure of strings in some language. A language's syntax is described by a grammar. For example, the syntax of a binary number could be expressed as

        binary_number = bit [ binary_number ]
        bit = "0" | "1"

meaning that a binary number is a bit optionally followed by a binary number and a bit is a literal zero or one digit.

The meaning of the language is given by its semantics.

See also abstract syntax, concrete syntax.

 Definition: the arrangement of words into meaningful utterances.